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Next-Gen Supply Chain: Connecting IoT Data to the Bottom Line
The rise of the Internet of Things is bringing about a shift in how companies operate.
Oct 29, 2017—
Everywhere you look, the Internet of Things is becoming interwoven into our day-to-day lives. We see it in our homes through our thermostats and entertainment systems, as well as in refrigerators, all of which stream data to the internet. This proliferation of the IoT and smart devices in all aspects of life presents companies with new ways of engaging with customers and consumers. That opportunity will only get bigger, according to analyst firm Gartner, which predicts that the number of total connected devices will reach 25 billion by 2020. One industry that is expected to reap tremendous benefits from the IoT is the supply chain.
Beyond the obvious supply chain role of getting connected devices from factories and warehouses into the hands of users, the IoT is part of a new wave of innovation for the global logistics industry, bringing with it a level of efficiency that supply chain professionals from years past would not have experienced. Here is a closer look at how the IoT is ushering in the next-generation supply chain.
The visibility enabled by the IoT means information can be shared not only in real time, but at every level, thereby allowing deficiencies to be identified quickly so that problems can be immediately rectified, or prevented altogether. Rather than relying on anecdotal information from different teams spread across disparate locations, management can easily access a real-time snapshot of supply chain analytics and make decisions accordingly.
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